Essential Breathing Skills: reduce chronic anxiety
and rebalance the nervous system by correcting breathing dysfunction

BRISBANE  20 & 21 July 2017


Central Dockside Conference Venue
44 Ferry Street, Kangaroo Point


SYDNEY 24 & 25 July


SMC Conference
& Function Centre
66 Goulburn Street, Sydney


MELBOURNE  10 & 11 August


Mercure Welcome Melbourne
265 Little Bourke Street


earlybird Bonus valued at over $100

Book before May 31 and receive Tess’ latest book
Relief from Anxiety and Panic and the 2016 webinar,
So You Think You Can Breathe. (Note: Book available for collection at event, will not be posted out prior.)


Earlybird $693 ($630 +GST)  Until 31 May 2017

Standard $825 ($750 +GST)  From 1 June 2017

(Note: credit cards will incur a 2.5% processing fee)

CPD Hours: 14


  • Tea/coffee on arrival
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch including vegetarian and
    gluten-free options
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Workshop handouts/notes

What is this course about?

It is well known that there is a connection between acute hyperventilation and anxiety states and symptoms. However, what is less recognised is that “overbreathing” is often present in a chronic and hidden form. Overbreathing creates on a day to day basis a fundamental derangement in physiology and may underlie a loss of resilience, a failure to respond to therapeutic intervention, and an experience of anxiety, dizziness or discomfort during therapies involving breath work. It is often an underlying factor in respiratory and sleep disorders.

Breathing retraining helps restore a physiologically normal breathing pattern during rest, sleep and exercise, and when under stress.  Improving and restoring normal breathing patterns balances blood and brain chemistry, enables optimal oxygenation and promotes the parasympathetic state, providing relief from symptoms related to chronic overbreathing and sympathetic dominance. Acute and immediate relief as well as long term prevention is achieved through breathing retraining. Better breathing skills can augment the practice of many health and wellness techniques.

During this two-day workshop you will learn how to identify and assess dysfunctional breathing. Relevant physiology will be used to explain the physical and mental effects of dysfunctional breathing and how breathing retraining works to restore physiologic normal breathing. We will practice and discuss breathing exercises, posture adjustment exercises, and techniques and strategies to improve and stabilise breathing for immediate and long-term benefits.

This highly experiential and content-rich training features lectures, experiential exercises, discussions, and question and answer periods. Participants will experience first-hand the practice and application of better breathing into rest, physical activity, speech and sleep over the two days. Seven cases studies will illustrate the application and results of breathing retraining in anxiety disorders. There will be sessions devoted to the application of physiologically normal breathing into breath work in psychological therapy, yoga, Pilates, pulmonary rehabilitation, pain management and meditation.

You will learn

  • To identify and assess dysfunctional breathing habits
  • Relevant physiology of breathing
  • Mechanical, physiological, psychological and biochemical effects of dysfunctional breathing
  • The breathing/anxiety /insomnia/trauma and sleep disorders connection
  • Myths and misunderstandings about breathing
  • The importance of nose-diaphragm-breathing at the correct rate, rhythm and volume and the optimal O2/CO2 balance during rest, speech, sleep and exercise
  • Techniques to help restore regular, comfortable, nose-diaphragm breathing with good posture
  • Strategies to relieve and prevent the stress response, breathlessness, panic attacks and insomnia.
  • Strategies for specific conditions, personality types and scenarios you see in practice
  • How to teach clients to integrate better breathing into everyday life
  • About the healing response
  • The food-breathing connection
  • Application of physiologically normal breathing into breath work in psychological therapy, yoga, Pilates, pulmonary rehabilitation, pain management and meditation
  • How to monitor and improve your own breathing.

Who should attend?

Psychologists, counsellors, social workers, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals.


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